I have a little tootie for you today on the art of envelope making. I put this together because I have people ask me often where I get my envelopes from and I say either SU or I make them myself. They are gobsmacked as they did not know they could be made.
These are made from ordinary copy paper, but I usually use either patterned double sided paper or 140 or 160 gsm cardstock a nice lightweight one.
This is a basic envelope for a normal size card. All use the same principle, a square sheet of paper to make an envelope, whether your card is square or rectangle.
Well here we go!!
The things you need are at hand, some card or plastic for templates, some paper (copy paper, 12×12 paper, whatever), your card and some punches to decorate or a corner rounder punch.
Now you need to measure your card, whether it is square or rectangle, whatever.
If it is A6 or rectangle or even a shaped card, you need to measure both sides!!
Yes you need to measure this other side too, so you can make your template!!
Make your template 1/2 inch larger than your card.
My card was A6 size or standard card, so my template is 11.5cm x 16cm.
Now lay your paper down, and lay your template diagonally on your paper, you will need a paper piece that has at least a quarter of an inch (1/4 inch) on the longest diagonal side of your template to make the envelope……..
YOU NEED A SQUARE OF PAPER FOR THE ENVELOPE FOR
A SQUARE OR RECTANGLE CARD.
If you are confused look to the next picture. You need to be able to do these measurements yourself so you can make envelopes for every size card you make.
See the template fits my square with a 1/4 inch to spare at each side.
Now you have a square piece of paper for your envelope, your piece of paper for an envelope is always SQUARE, whether your card is square or not.
Now fold one corner of your envelope paper up at the edge of the template.
Repeat with the next.
And the next and the last one too….. decide which is the best way to have your opening flap, by trying different ways of closing the flaps. The sides should go in first, then the bottom and then the top.
Now open up your envelope and take out the template.
Put a little cut nick into each side as shown above.
Decorate the top flap of the envelope if you wish.
Or just round each corner, to give a nice professional look. and put some tape on the side flap at the bottom, or on the bottom flap depending how you want to fold your envelope.
I did this one with the bottom up first, then the sides in, but should have done it with the sides in first and the bottom up to cover them, it does not really matter, and you know I make mistakes.
So here is our pretty envelope!!
Put some tape (or you can use gum which dries if you want to and lick the gum to seal) on the sides of the top flap.
So here is the perfect (well almost) envelope for this card!!
And here is the one for an A2 or A6 card. Starting with the same square of paper.
With this one I used a white outside and the green inside to get a different colour inside to out. You can get this same effect with double sided paper.
Hope this helped someone out there in blogland!!!
I will show you in another tutorial how to make this envelope dimensional to hold those lumpy bumpy cards!!!
Then how to make envelopes for those bigger cards we have.
Thanks for calling in, hope your day is great!!